The Nenmara Vallangi Vela is the occasion to celebrate the annual joint invocation of the Nellikkulangara Bhagavathy by the people of Nenmara and Vallangi villages. This annula event attracts thousands from all over the places and a huge crowd gathers to commemorate the event. Being one of the best known Fairs and Festivals of Kerala the Nenmara Vallangi Vela is the occasion of flag hoisting to celebrate the grand occasion. The venue for the festival is the Nellikkulangara Bhagavathy Temple at Nenmara in Palakkad district of Kerala.
Time for celebrating the Nenmara Vallangi Vela Festival
The middle of the month of April is the time when Nenmara in Palakkad district gets set for the Nenmara Vallangi Vela. The usual date falls on 13th day of the month of April for the occasion. The spectacle brings in the perfect time to visit the serene environs of the state with a great climate and an occasion to remember the visit.
Description of the Nenmara Vallangi Vela in Kerala
The occasion commences with flag hoisting ceremony to mark the beginning of the festival which is followed by the colorful ceremonies and precessions. The grandeur of the event is considered only next to Thrissur Pooram. The celebration is a joint incantation of the Nellikkulangara Bhagavathy by the locals of Nenmara and Vallangi villages. The Kodiyettam or the flag hoisting is conducted on 13th of April with various folk entertainment and cultural programs to follow. The Nenmara Vallangi Vela festival is the forum to enjoy the numerous folk arts like Kummatti, Karivela, Andivela and many to mark the following days.
The concluding day celebration is marked by the splendor of a ceremony with an array of 30 tuskers paraded on the streets laden with heavy decorations and a decorated canopy as well. The colorful ceremony is witnessed by thousands from all over Kerala and other states as well. The conglomeration of two villages to celebrate the occasion too is something striking.
The best way to reach the spot of festival is to take the rail route to reach out to the Palakkad station which lies around 40 kilometers from the site.